Metal / hardcore outfit Dead Cross, which features legendary screecher Mike Patton (Faith No More) and drum icon Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer) playing alongside Retox’s Michael Crain on guitar and Justin Pearson on bass, are currently on the second half of their first North American tour in support of their recently released self-titled album.
A sold out Gramercy Theatre in New York City felt Dead Cross’ rage and wrath as the band exploded on stage shortly after 10PM, launching into their chaotic “Seizure and Desist,” with a crazed Patton immediately diving into the audience and causing an instant uproar in the pit. With microphone shoved deep into his mouth, the unpredictable singer eventually crowd surfed his way back onstage and with the massive drum hammering courtesy of Lombardo and string yanking from Crain and Pearson, they continued their massive momentum, delving into speedy new tracks “Idiopathic,” “Obedience School,” a fresh untitled song being referred to as “New #2″ and the punky “Shillelagh.”
Halfway through the set, Patton took a moment to engage the crowd, getting up close and personal by the front barricade and playfully taking comments, questions, concerns and even complaints from the rowdy audience, only to receive in return general nonsensical banter from excited fans. Chitchat aside, the band continued with their set, discharging even more off their debut LP, like the mood altering “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” (Bauhaus cover), the metallic “Divine Filth,” the intense “Grave Slave” and the enraged anthem “The Future Has Been Cancelled,” all of which reeked of Patton’s unique shrieks and howls, Lombardo’s remarkable kit-pounding and gnarly guitar wailing thanks to Crain.
Dead Cross pulled out another new song as well, spewing the crisp and energy-building “My Perfect Prisoner” also known as “New #1.” Finishing off the new record, the band dished out the aptly named “Gag Reflex” and “Church of the Motherf–kers,” both of which represent the lengthier cuts from the new S/T (clocking in at a staggering 3 to 4 minutes each), before heading backstage. As part of the encore, the band teased the crowd with a brief “Raining Blood” (Slayer) and “Epic” (Faith No More) mashup, followed by Patton literally doing yoga in the middle of the stage while humming and chanting. A cover of Dead Kennedys’ “Nazi Punks F–k Off” ended the band’s tremendous set in New York City.
As a pleasant bonus, San Francisco-based avant-garde bunch Secret Chiefs 3, led by Trey Spruance (ex-Mr. Bungle, ex-Faith No More), opened the evening, performing songs from their full-length records Book M, Book of Souls: Folio A (including their spectacular cover of John Carpenter’s “Personae: Halloween”) and their latest Perichoresis.
Dead Cross’ North American crusade continues through September, see all remaining dates here. You can expect more from the quartet as, and per Full Metal Jackie’s recent interview, the band hopes to release a few more records in the near future.
Check out photos of Dead Cross and Secret Chiefs 3 in NYC via the gallery above.
Dead Cross Setlist – New York’s Gramercy Theatre, Sept. 12, 2017:
01. “Seizure and Desist
03. “Obedience School”
04. “New #2″
06. “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” (Bauhaus cover)
07. “Divine Filth”
08. “Grave Slave”
09. “The Future Has Been Cancelled”
10. “My Perfect Prisoner” AKA “New #1″
11. “Gag Reflex”
12. “Church of the Motherf–kers”
13. “Raining Blood” tease (Slayer cover)
14. “Epic” tease (Faith No More cover)
15. “Nazi Punks F–k Off” (Dead Kennedys cover)
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